Originally Posted by REDREAD
Choo is an impact player. No doubt about it.
If he was signed for more than 1 year, I think I would be more inclined to pull the trigger. There's the Boras factor, I don't think he will be an easy extension.
I hear what you're saying about the 6th and 7th starter being less important, but I think the Reds are in a somewhat unique situation here with the Chapman starting experiment.. I have no qualms with trading Cingrani and other prospects, but there's a good chance we'll need Leake to win the division more than an increase in OBP in the lineup.. Honestly, Redmond and Cingrani are not ML starters at this point.
Decent LF that could be had for less pain: Ludwick, maybe Corey Hart, heck maybe even Sorianno if his ankles are ok and the Cubs are still willing to eat payroll.. Maybe Cody Ross.. Now these guys aren't as good as Choo, but wouldn't cost Leake + Cingrani..
I guess I'd only trade Leake for a 2-3 year affordable solution in a position of need.
I guess I don't see why Mike Leake is the only answer to pitching depth. If Leake is valuable in trades, I'd pull the trigger in a heartbeat to fill the Reds' needs on offense. And Choo would be a very big pickup.
Not so sure how valuable Mike Leake would be sitting in the bullpen waiting for Chapman's inning limit. So Leake becomes this great starter suddenly in September?
I'd rather trade Leake - or Cingrani, Corcino, whoever brings back the best players. And then pick up some depth starters on the market for cheap. And the Reds can always supplement their staff at the deadline in July with a rental.
The Reds do not have that much of value to trade. This idea that Mike Leake sitting around is more important than fixing the offense is not something I can buy into.